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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Septembre - Orleans: The party in struggle (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:41:58 +0300

The first edition of the Festival of resistances and alternatives took place on Sunday 3 July in Semoy, in agglomeration of Orleans. With over 300 participants, this is a first success styling suites. ---- Nearly thirty organizations were stakeholders of the Feast of resistances and alternatives; they brought together associations (BDS, Cimade, Family planning, RESF, Sortir du nucléaire ...), political organizations (AL, PC, PG Postal code ...) and the Solidarity trade union was one of the kingpins of this event. Kurdish comrades were also there in numbers. Six "workshops" an hour (actually debates) were scheduled on the day. The activists of AL have participated in one of Solidarity entitled "Work Act: the struggle is class" and an animated on "How to break with capitalism? "Which brought together fifty participants.

A "Gro-debate" (concept of popular education) took place in the late afternoon, after the workshops and concerts before. His organization - which remains probably improve - was: the party to the participants are invited es throughout the day and they indicate a theme they wish to see addressed; workshops then meet on themes selected by a dedicated team, and on the basis of applications collected; or a rapporteur-e then made the report of the workshops to the audience ... but without subsequent exchanges, which has been a bit frustrating.

Of course, it was also a celebration and so there was not as debates: one could wander around and exchange booths in stands, live music, play games, happenings - BDS had set up a fake check point), attend theatrical interventions - the revolutionary theater group Blank Slate played Karl Marx, the return of Howard Zinn and RESF and foreigners and foreign isolated young-es had also prepared a room.

For nearly two years, Alternative Libertaire has actively contributed to this event such a unit was created. Initially, we thought we could resurrect the Johannine Counter-parties who in the 1990s and 2000s, had more or less fulfilled the same function while being a popular protest of Jeanne of Arc celebrations organized by the municipality with the support of the army and the bishop (in 2016, the guest of honor was Macron is to say ...). This project was not unanimous among potentially interested organizations who preferred not to appear too "against" another event. The formula used and tested this year it seems to suit everyone.

Convergence and solidarity

Anyway, this is clearly a promising initiative of convergence and solidarity, which is far from negligible in the period of capitalist offensive, of growing racism and state repression we are experiencing. In addition, during the exchanges during the festival, the idea to repeat the event next year was imposed, some even suggesting actions and / or intermediate events, perhaps more "street". A meeting is already scheduled for this September.

In our case, it is very encouraging ... The challenge is to transform convergences and solidarity in very concrete struggles and resistance, which materialize a social and political front convinced of the need to act together.

Alternative Libertaire Orleans

Call for Day of resistances and alternatives

The world in which we live is completely upside down ... or rather it is those who run the walking on ours heads! Increasingly unequal, increasingly turned in on itself, he announced a bleak future in which we do not recognize ourselves. Racism, exclusion, insecurity, poverty, discrimination of all kinds, environmental disasters: this is not what we want!

We are the citizens, activists and activists committed es field resistors, alternatives, social struggles. We will not resign ourselves injustices of the capitalist system. We will not resign ourselves to the domination of those who profit from the crisis or advanced of those who thrive on social despair. We do not want to continue the devastation of the planet and the productivist frenzy.

What we want is to come together to share our hopes, share our battles, draw all the alternatives. For this we propose to organize a unifying event, festive and friendly, a celebration of resistance and alternatives.

The call is initiated, its future will be what we will build together!

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